10 Things I Wish I Knew 10 Years Ago as a Software Engineer

The last 12+ years of my career have been a rollercoaster of design, coding and product development as a software engineer. During that time, I’ve had a plethora of ups…

A Front Row Brotherhood Experience

I recently had the privilege of attending the 7th Front Row Dad’s Retreat in San Diego. This event was truly something special. Here’s the recap – For starters, let me…

The Secret to Reaching Goals – Mental Toughness

What’s the secret to reaching your goals? Well that’s quite the question, isn’t it! And depending on who you ask, you’re very likely to get a lot of different answers….

Father First Mentality – Why I Joined Front Row Dads

Eight months ago I started listening to a podcast that would forever change my life. That podcast is Front Row Dads (FRD). It’s for family men with businesses, NOT businessmen…

CaboPress 2019

Last week I spent 4 days at CaboPress – the best business conference in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This is a blog post to encapsulate the experience and reflect on…

Ali’s Thankful Thursday 6/6/2019

This is a completely random post around gratitude. I woke up today extra grateful for what I have. Life and business are great right now. So, I’d like to take…

Why You Should Avoid Complexity in Software Development

I’ve been building software for 12+ years now. During that time I’ve been a part of various projects – from small websites to massive applications spanning multiple years. I’ve also…

If You Want Personal Growth, Stop Doing Easy

It’s easy to take the easy path in life. Everyone knows that, and most of use choose easy 99% of the time. What most of us don’t know is that…

Why I’m NOT Scaling My Businesses This Year

Yep, you read the title correctly. I am NOT scaling my businesses this year. This is not your typical blog post about the rags and riches of entrepreneurship. Instead, it’s…

2018 Retrospect

2018 completely rocked my world. It was by far the most challenging year I’ve encountered as a human. Here’s a quick summary on the things I experienced and learned. From…

The Technical Product “Scalability” Fallacy

You’ve heard it a million times in technical product discussion – “Will it scale?” This is most commonly used in determining if a technical solution will accommodate growth. For example…

Why You Should Take 12 Months Off Facebook

A little over 12 months ago I stopped checking Facebook. Yep, after 10+ years as a loyal user it was time for a break. So I removed the app from…

The One [Critical] Thing Most Entrepreneurs Neglect – Setting Goals

Being an entrepreneur has no shortage of challenges. Whether you’re running a single business or juggling multiple ventures, the task of operating businesses brings a lot to manage. With this…

Why I Left WP Engine – The Forced Price Raise

I hosted with WP Engine for over 3 years. I was a loyal customer with multiple personal/business accounts with them. They had my business and respect… Until earlier this year…

Skill Up Before This Tech Bubble Pops…

Fire up Linkedin and quickly scroll through your news feed. If you’re even remotely involved in tech about 30% of your feed is filled with posts around fundraising and startup…